Everyone has Pet Peeves. Even the easiest going person has one. Because humans are creatures of habits, and that all of us are unique, our pet peeve makes up our character and makes us who we are.
I have lots of Pet Peeves. Needless to say, I am not that easy going. I sometimes think that I am too weird and I salute my best friends and boyfriend for being able to stand up to my weirdness – then again, it’s the weird people who make it big (comforting myself a bit here la!)
So what’s the peeve about toilets I’m talking about here?
No I am not talking about cleanliness or hygiene or having no proper flushing systems. I do try to avoid hawker canter toilets but if I have to go into one, I’ll go with no complaints. In fact, the best toilets are those with none at all. You just hide behind the bushes, pull down your pants and do your business. It’s how I occasionally settle myself in Nepal or other third world nations. It’s how you will settle yourself too with long journeys and no proper toilet in sight. And I advise taking your time, especially when the weather is cold, I’ll take my time to enjoy the rare cool breeze up my backside and then marvel at how my pee is producing steam up into the air! *Clap clap clap!
Now I am talking about TOILET DESIGNS. The logic here is this. We all use the toilet at least five times a day and sometimes more than 20 times a day when we are sick. In first world nations or hotels where we have proper toilet flushing systems, I think we can expect more about the way these toilets are designed with more common sense, since the money is already spent – Especially hotels and shopping centers. Here’s some points I note.
1) There’s no place to hang anything, or nowhere to place anything for public toilets and hotels.
I know the guys place their bags on the floor, or they just carry them, as peeing is more convenient and hassle free for them. But for girls or when the business gets bigger, it’s rare to enter a public toilet without anything to hold! Most often times we’ll have our bags, or we’ll have our phone which needs to be taken out of he pocket. Don’t expect us to be pulling down our pants while balancing one, sometimes multiple bags on our shoulders. And the phones? Oh…hold it with the mouth I see….
Life could be much easier.
2) Toilet seats which are too tall.
Like we have to tiptoe just to get up there, those are the ones I can’t really use. That’s because (surprise boys! And no surprise to girls!) I don’t sit on public toilet seats. It’s another pet peeve but it’s another story. And when the seat’s so high, it’s impossible to aim – it’s unreachable. Please spare a thought for the average and below average ladies. Not everyone is 170 and above. End of story.
3) Hotel/ home toilets with no common sense.
See, you can enter a toilet just to wash your hands without doing any business, big or small and you’ll probably only use the shower once or twice a day. So life hacking, common sense tells you that the washing sink should be located nearer to the toilet entrance, with the bowl usually as near or a little further and the shower area or bath tub the furthest. This is fine and pretty.
But this is just too funny.
In my opinion, the bowl and the bathtub should have switched places and I could save about 5 seconds each time I use the bowl simply by reducing the distance. 5 seconds multiplied by 6 times I’ll use the bowl a day, I save 30s. Long story cut short, I would have saved 182.5 minutes or at least 3 hours in a year! I could use that time to write another post like this and have a slice of cake at the same time!
Now watch this one below. Looks darn pretty right?
But did you notice the shower door, which is actually of a comfortable size, is now halfway blocked by that toilet bowl just because of the position where it is built? That’s a second more just to carefully enter the shower area, making it 2 seconds wasted per shower. Though the effect is not as staggering as the previous example, that’s 12 minutes a year, the time you could use to play another round of candy crush. Maybe it’s a lucky round. You could have passed the stage and got a high score. I am not even factoring any possible dangers of hitting your knee against the toilet bowl or shattering the glass door is it swings outwards. The solution? Just have the shower door placed at the other side, nearer to the sink area! It’s a empty space! smacks head
Let me know if you have a pet peeve like mine. Or if you have a pet peeve weirder than mine, I would like to know.